March 2nd is the 86th annual academy award ceremony – otherwise known as “The Oscars” after the gold statues given to winners. But did you know that:
- Walt Disney currently holds the record for most academy awards (22 Oscars, three Special Awards and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award) and sound re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell has been named the Oscar’s most unlucky nominee, having been nominated a staggering 20 times and winning once (for Glory in 1990)!
- The Academy Awards ceremonies have been postponed three times. In 1938, the ceremony was delayed a week because of flooding in Los Angeles. In 1968, the Academy Awards ceremony was pushed back two days because of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. The Academy Awards ceremony was pushed back a single day in 1981 because of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
- The next time you catch Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 western The Wild Bunch remember to take a close look at one of its actors, Emilio Fernández. He was the original nude model who posed for statuette designer Cedric Gibbons in 1928 for the statue which became “Oscar”. Fernández was then a Mexican revolutionary living in exile in Los Angeles and taking bit parts in films, and he went on to write and direct movies in Mexico
- To even have your film considered for a nomination it must be 40 minutes long; on 35mm or 70mm film, or 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format at a minimum resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels; and must be screened for paid admission in Los Angeles for at least seven days. You can read all the rules here.
- Brunel Library has Oscar winning films in stock as DVDs and you can view a list of Best Picture award winners online at Reading lists. On the Brunel reading List site you can create your own profile and then use the reading/watching intentions button to keep track of how many of the Best Picture films you have seen. You can even write notes about the films which will stay in your personal profile – you can do that for your course lists as well!